United Mutation – “Dark Self Image” LP
Legendary pioneers of ‘outsider’ hardcore punk. In 1982, United Mutation entered Washington DC’s Inner Ear recording studio to lay down two sessions, the first with their original lineup of the Fox brothers, vocalist John “Monk” Harding, and drummer Sean Sumner, followed by a second session for the Outside Records compilation Mixed Nuts Don’t Crack, featuring new vocalist and former Dark Self Image drummer, Mike Brown. 1983 saw the band return to Inner Ear to record their debut 7″ EP, Fugitive Family, a split release between Dischord Records and the band’s newly minted D.S.I. label. This LP compiles all of the aforementioned recordings – 26 tracks total, six of which are previously unreleased – all faithfully restored from the original Inner Ear master tapes, and including a 24-page full-colour booklet.